For 50 years—ever since her little girl died of cancer—Marylou Ahearn has been nursing an obsessive hatred for Wilson Spriggs, the doctor who dosed her prenatally with radioactive chemicals in a secret government test in 1953. Now that her opportunity for revenge has come however, 77-year-old Marylou is hardly the murderer she'd like to be, and Spriggs is rapidly approaching senility. But that won't stop her and her Welsh corgi Buster from insinuating themselves into his life and gaining the trust of his oddball family in this bittersweet black comedy from the author of Mermaids on the Moon.
"The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady is surprisingly chipper as the neurotic and lovable cast turns a macabre tale into a wildly compulsive read."—Bookpage.com
"Elizabeth Stuckey-French's latest novel is playfully retro.... We don't expect, in comic little-old-lady novels, to encounter childhood cancer, randy preachers and a boy building a homemade breeder reactor in the tool shed. But Stuckey-French knows that if you dig deep enough, we're all oddballs, and the world is a perilous and unpredictable place."—NYTBR
"Discovering that Spriggs now lives in Florida with his daughter and teenage grandchildren, Marylou abandons her Memphis home, moves to Spriggs' neighborhood, and adopts the persona of Nancy Archer, best known to B-movie fans everywhere as the infamous '50-Foot Woman.' Marylou/Nancy's mission is to kill Spriggs, but the reality is that she's just a nice little old lady, not an overly large woman with super powers. Instead, she decides to wreak havoc upon the lives of Spriggs' family, to hilarious, and often sobering, ends in this broadly comic, yet essentially heartfelt, absurdist satire."—Booklist